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.s. consulate in libya leaving the american ambassador and three others dead in the town of bengha benghazi. as president obama condemns this outrageous attack anti-american protesters spreading across the middle east in response to an anti-muslim film one backed by an infamous koran burning preacher. the flag is half staff for an american hero. >> my name is chris stevens and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> reporter: he was 52 years old. a former peace corps volunteer, a gentle man and idealist. >> i've spent almost my entire career in the middle east and north africa. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton remembered him today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant and gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevenses. the attack came at night. 10:00 p.m. city of benghazi. militants stormed the u.s. consulate and overwhelmed security guards. inside, chris stevens and several other americans trapped, pinned down by intense smoke and gunfire. the attack rages on for five hours. chris stevens dies from asphyxiation along with sean smit
be dangerous circumstances. >> all americans in benghazi have been evacuated to europe. there's also three americans who were wounded, one of them seriously, diane. >> martha the president said today in his statement, his public statement, make no mistake we'll work with the libyan government to bring justice to the killers. so, what is under way tonight? >> the u.s. is promising justice and right now trying to track down those killers. libyan government promised cooperation and the fbi is involved as well. >> okay, martha. thank you. i know you'll continue reporting the story. as you know, american officials are moving right now to protect the more than 9,000 men and women in the u.s. foreign service. so many of them braving dangers abroad. the names of their fallen comrades will be etched on a wall at the state department and today president obama paid his respects there and secretary clinton spoke with fierce passion about their service. tonight abc's jon karl has more about those who died. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stev
protect the libyan people from a tyrant. >> reporter: she spoke of all those lost when the benghazi consulate was attacked by armed militants. sean smith, the technology specialist, who leaves two young children behind. tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l., the father of three little boys. and his fellow former s.e.a.l., glen doherty, a beloved son and brother. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. >> reporter: but the message of today was not just of grief. it was resolve. >> so we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> reporter: indeed, the state department is in crisis mode, sending additional security to embassies around the world. david? >> martha, thank you. and martha, as you know, the reason for all of that concern tonight is this. an eruption of protests, big and small. in fact, 24 hours ago, in five countries around the globe. tonight, more than 30 countries. two more
, the american consulate in benghazi, libya, was also attacked tonight. that incident believed to also have been sparked by that same controversial film. as for cairo, the protests have now quieted. the american embassy there tells us that all staff are safe and accounted for. diane? >> all right. thank you. alex marquardt reporting from the middle east tonight. >>> and now back here at home, a surprising twist in the presidential race. governor romney facing criticism tonight, not from the president or the democrats, but from some prominent members of his own party, and our new abc news/"washington post" poll shows why. take a look. the president has opened a six-point lead over governor romney since the conventions. before the conventions romney had a slight lead. the election now 56 days away, "your voice, your vote," and abc's david muir reports in from las vegas tonight. >> reporter: mitt romney in nevada on the anniversary of 9/11 in front of the national guard. >> we must keep our promises and regain the trust of all those who have worn the uniform and served our country. >> reporter: his
and we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: but just the day before the attack, there were warning signs. al qaeda's leader urging libyans to retaliate against americans for the death of a libyan-born militant. and the state department was aware that that anti-muslim movie was airing on egyptian tv. yet, there were no warnings about it to other u.s. missions. why there weren't warnings about the movie is a big question tonight. given that whenever there's been any denigration of the prophet of muhammad, demonstrations and violence have almost always followed, diane. >> thank you so much, martha. and our thanks to jeffrey, too. more on that now, because, tonight, finally, we have some facts about the mysterious man who created that anti-muslim movie, the inflammatory movie that sparked extremist reaction around the world. that man is still in hiding, still in the shadows. so, what was his motive? we asked abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross to find out. >> reporter: police and reporters surrounded the los angeles home toda
's just not right. >> showed what happened in b benghazi was not an anti-american protest. it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> it shows the level, the abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >> reporter: a top intelligence official told congress yesterday that al qaeda likely did play a role, regardless of whether it was a pre-planned or spontaneous attack. >> we're still developing facts and still looking for any indications of substantial advance planning. we just haven't seen that at this point. >> reporter: meanwhile, in tripoli today, at a memorial for the four americans killed, libya's president paid tribute to ambassador chris stevens as a friend of the libyan people. there were reports today that ambassador stevens believed that he was on a terrorist hit list. but secretary clinton and other u.s. officials said today they have absolutely no reason to believe that that is true. diane? >> thank you so much, jon. and as you just said, the p
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